To: Dow Constantine

The People's Moratorium: Halt Construction on New Youth Jail and Courts!

The People's Moratorium: Halt Construction on New Youth Jail and Courts!

We call for Dow Constantine to implement a moratorium on construction on the youth jail and courts at 12th and Alder. We demand that King County officials halt building activities until the site can be repurposed away from incarcerating youth and towards meeting basic human needs for King County's youth and families.

Why is this important?

For six plus years there has been widespread opposition to the court and jail-building project on 12th and Alder in Seattle, WA, Duwamish Land. This opposition has come from local non-profits, leading legal service providers, Native American leaders, and health care providers, among others. Key aspects of the County’s project have been called into question, including its jeopardized funding following a Washington Court of Appeals decision rendering tax collection for much of the $210 million dollar unlawful, and the motivations for the project, given that internal County documents show that the current youth jail is in "generally good condition." The widespread opposition to the project is grounded in the growing consensus that the County's imprisonment systems are racially targeted and criminalize poverty.

In calling for a moratorium on construction, we draw attention to the County’s repeated efforts to squelch dissent to the increasingly unpopular project. From changing rules of at County Council meetings to limit public engagement, to cancelling open houses and public meetings, to actively thwarting the attempt by over 60 community-based organizations to appeal the building permit for the new jail, the County’s approach to the process of planning and construction has been marked by efforts to avoid community input and participation, to hide the truth about the project, and to prevent a meaningful public process. Stop the construction now and begin real negotiations with community stakeholders to repurpose the site for basic human needs and implement an end to youth detention.

Love the youth, Stop the jail!
No New Youth Jail Coalition

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Seattle, WA, USA

Reasons for signing

  • Take a look at what Richmond CA is doing to decrease crime & violence https://www.npr.org/2016/03/28/472138377/to-reduce-gun-violence-potential-offenders-offered-support-and-cash - a better way to spend the funds.
  • The criminal justice system, in its current iteration, is an institution of government control rather than a social good designed to restore and reintegrate. Nowhere is this more true than in the area of juvenile justice. This money could be spent on chemical dependancy and mental health treatment, improvements to the foster care system, or culturally-competent restorative justice programs. Children simply do not belong in jail.
  • This is the opposite of what the city need

Updates

2018-03-28 20:09:24 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2018-03-27 11:43:26 -0400

500 signatures reached

2018-03-26 13:30:07 -0400

100 signatures reached

2018-03-26 12:51:58 -0400

50 signatures reached

2018-03-26 12:03:25 -0400

25 signatures reached

2018-03-26 11:33:13 -0400

10 signatures reached